You all know you… many of you love it. The Shamrock Shake was invented in 1967 by Hal Rosen, a Connecticut McDonald’s franchise owner and operator, who concocted the drink to commemorate St. Patrick’s Day. Originally, it was the color that drew people in, but by 1980, the Shamrock shake was mint in color and taste. It’s been out for a few weeks, and will stick around a bit after St. Paddy’s. But… what’s in that shake?
For starters, bloat.
Shamrock shakes are chock full of dairy and fat, leaving you with a bloated feeling that can last for days. The body is not meant to process the whopping 470 calories and 14 grams of fat or 62 grams of carbs in a small, not to mention the 820 calories, 22 grams of fat, and 103 grams of carbs in a large.
I grabbed the information from the McDonald’s website… and what’s inside the main ingredients are a bit unnerving…
VANILLA REDUCED FAT ICE CREAM
Ingredients: Milk, Sugar, Cream, Corn Syrup, Natural Flavor, Mono and Diglycerides, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Carrageenan, Vitamin A Palmitate.
SHAMROCK SHAKE SYRUP
Ingredients: High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Water, Sugar, Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Yellow 5, Blue 1. May contain small amounts of other shake flavors served at the restaurant, including egg ingredients when Egg Nog Shakes are available.
Ingredients: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 1% or Less: Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).
Ingredients: Cherries, Water, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Malic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Red 40, Sulfur Dioxide as Preservative (Contains Sulfites).
GREEN SUGAR CRYSTALS
Ingredients: Sugar, Yellow 5 Lake, Confectioners Glaze, Blue 1 Lake, Carnauba Wax.
I am a lover of shakes, truly, so I always look to have my faves in ways that are both delicious and nutritious! Since it’s the seasons, here are 2 options I adore… one solely for color, the other for the fun! Packed with all the vitamins, minerals, adaptogens, probiotics, prebiotics, superfoods, and antioxidants one needs to truly feel good [and meet their daily requirements], my St. Paddy’s day is sure to be a fun day of celebration!
Greenberry Shamrock Shake
This shake ROCKS the shamrock in color! The zest and tartness are the morning boost I crave to kick my day off right! I add a healthy dose of fiber, as well, by keeping the skin on my kiwi- which also locks in even more vitamin C.
Keeping my ingredients whole and clean, this shake gives me over 24 ounces but comes in at just 324 calories and 4.5 grams of fat.
1 Scoop Greenberry Shakeology
2 Kiwi, with skin on
1 Navel orange + zest
1c Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew Milk
1½c fresh spinach
Push your spinach into the bottom of your blender cup (I LOVE my Nutribullet to give me the smoothest blend).
Wash your orange well, then zest over top your spinach- about 1 teaspoon worth, then peel and place slices in.
Wash your kiwi well, trim the ends off, cut in half and place in your cup.
Top this with a scoop of Greenberry Shakeology, and a cup of your cashew milk.
Blend and enjoy!
Mint Chocolate Shamrock Shake
This is my midday, someone give me a pep snack. Paired with a nice, simple salad of arugula, peppers, cucumber and carrot, I’ve got my veggie fix and my lunchtime cravings taken care of!
If I’m feeling adventurous, I’ll make this delectable treat for the hubby and I as a little dessert after the kids are in bed! It feels so good to have a sweet treat that’s actually full of every good thing my body needs to function at peak performance!
At just 256 calories and 5 grams of fat, this beauty shames most desserts in both taste AND nutritional value!
Blend Ingredients and pour into your shake cup
Blend ingredients and pour over top your chocolate mint. This is best had through a big shake straw to get your ideal flavor blend!
Sip and Enjoy!
The next time you get a craving, which shake are you going to reach for?